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(Yahoo)   Home run hero Hammerin' Hank Aaron turns 75, and is celebrated by the wealthy and famous, while his record-breaking successor, Injectin' Barry appears before a grand jury in San Francisco   (fe1.story.media.ac4.yahoo.com) divider line 60
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2009-02-06 04:26:19 AM  
One of the classiest players ever. Doing what he did, playing in the south, and having to put up with a LOT of racist assholes who didn't want a black man breaking one of the most important and long-standing records which at the time belonged to a white man (Ruth).

Bonds? He's a piece of shiat. Not just the 'roids (a lot of guys did them, but that doesn't make it right), but his whole attitude towards the game and his teammates.
 
2009-02-06 04:27:01 AM  
Note to modmins: Could we get a HERO tak for Hank?
 
2009-02-06 07:30:17 AM  
My son was born just under four months ago, and in the house in which he will grow up, Hank Aaron is still the Home Run King. Bonds is a human stain.
 
2009-02-06 08:54:30 AM  
Nabb1: My son was born just under four months ago, and in the house in which he will grow up, Hank Aaron is still the Home Run King. Bonds is a human stain.

Finally, something you and I can agree on.
 
2009-02-06 09:10:15 AM  
HERO tag!

Hammerin' Hank was my favorite player growing up. Those were the days.... being a kid, completely oblivious to the nonsense of the world around you. All that mattered was a guy like Mr. Aaron.

I actually had a signed picture from him when I was a kid. I sent a letter to the Braves c/o Hank Aaron. Didn't expect anything back, but a month or so later, it arrived in the mail. I wish I knew where that picture was, long gone unfortunately...
 
2009-02-06 09:18:58 AM  
I've met him many times and he always says hi and shakes your hand and will sit in the dugout and talk about anything all afternoon. Sometimes, he might not want to talk about homeruns or baseball even, but he still spends the time to bring children from whatever camp it is down to the stadium so they can hang out.

He's also the only person I've ever seen current baseball players freak out over.

"Dude, Hank is in the dugout. Can you go get me an autograph?"
 
2009-02-06 09:58:11 AM  
Henry Aaron is a cock.

/shunned 12-year-old boy who essetially ran away from home, and waited 2 hours after a game just to meet his idol. Still butthurt.
 
2009-02-06 10:35:51 AM  
I've got the certificate they gave out at the stadium the night he hit 715. I have been wanting to meet him somewhere in Atlanta and tell him details of that day so he'd sign the certificate "You were there, Mike. Henry Arron."

I thought it would happen when he played ALTA but my team never played his. Maybe someday...
 
2009-02-06 11:28:08 AM  
755 is still the record.
 
2009-02-06 11:28:30 AM  
The True Homerunn King. Hero tag missing.
 
2009-02-06 11:31:07 AM  
Didn't have to privilege of watching him play, but I've read much about him and to me he is still the home run king. I love the Sports Illustrated cover of him, the close-up of him at the plate; no gloves, no jewelry, just a man about to hit a baseball four hundred feet. Class act.

/fark Bonds
 
2009-02-06 11:33:17 AM  
Hank is from my hometown (along with a number of other hall of famers). The minor league stadium here is named after him and they just moved his boyhood home next to the stadium.
 
2009-02-06 11:33:19 AM  
Hank Aaron is and always will be the true homerun champion.
 
2009-02-06 11:35:58 AM  
THAT'S RACIST

wait...
 
2009-02-06 11:39:20 AM  
I have always thought that Hank Aaron would be a great commissioner for baseball.

And as a Braves and baseball fan, he will forever be the homerun king to me.
 
2009-02-06 11:40:51 AM  
Hang On Voltaire: Hank is from my hometown (along with a number of other hall of famers). The minor league stadium here is named after him and they just moved his boyhood home next to the stadium.

Also from Alabama? Willie Mays. That's quite a duo.
 
2009-02-06 11:43:26 AM  
JohnBigBootay: Hang On Voltaire: Hank is from my hometown (along with a number of other hall of famers). The minor league stadium here is named after him and they just moved his boyhood home next to the stadium.

Also from Alabama? Willie Mays. That's quite a duo.


Also, Jesse Owens and Willie McCovey
 
2009-02-06 11:44:57 AM  
He hit homeruns. I hit women. In a way, we are the same person.
 
2009-02-06 11:45:02 AM  
No saying it's completely fair or just, but what Bonds is really doing is reaping the fruit one grows when one is an arrogant prick for 30 years. How many people get out a good two-minutes hate on Jason Giambi or Lyle Alzado? Even Gary Sheffield fer chrissakes.
 
2009-02-06 11:50:40 AM  
canadianloon: He hit homeruns. I hit women. In a way, we are the same person.

Yeah, but where do your stats stack up to Bing Crosby?
 
2009-02-06 11:59:07 AM  
Go Fast Turn Left: canadianloon: He hit homeruns. I hit women. In a way, we are the same person.

Yeah, but where do your stats stack up to Bing Crosby?


The true home run king in his wife's (black) eyes.
 
2009-02-06 11:59:52 AM  
Bonds is still the record holder. Hank Aaron could have done greenies, we wouldnt know. And the mound was lower than it is today giving hitters an unfair advantage to modern players. judge players by what other players in their time have done.

Bonds still holds the record
 
2009-02-06 12:28:04 PM  
You can say that Aaron was a better player.
You can say that Aaron had a harder road.
You can say that Aaron's 755 was more impressive.

You cannot say he still has the record.
 
2009-02-06 12:31:05 PM  
What I love about Hank is the fact that if you subtract all 755 of his homeruns he still has over 3,000 hits. And he's a total class act.
 
2009-02-06 12:31:22 PM  
bacongood: You can say that Aaron was a better player.
You can say that Aaron had a harder road.
You can say that Aaron's 755 was more impressive.

You cannot say he still has the record.


Hank Aaron still has the record.
 
2009-02-06 12:40:00 PM  
Is the img1.fark.net on vacation ?

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/ hopes The Human Bobblehead winds up in the slammer, not Cooperstown
 
2009-02-06 12:45:44 PM  
JohnBigBootay:

Also from Alabama? Willie Mays. That's quite a duo.


Billy Williams, Willie McCovey, Satchel Paige, and Ozzie Smith are all also from Mobile. I believe Mobile has more members of the baseball hall of fame than any city except NY and Chicago
 
2009-02-06 12:46:55 PM  
why is it that so many people feel that baseball has some sort of inherent beauty? it's a gamee. who cares about it's intrinsic moral value. also for the record bonds has never been proven guilty. and mr. meth lab, aaron doesn't have the record. i agree with whomever else it was that 755 is probably more impressive, but it ain't the record.
 
2009-02-06 12:47:41 PM  
Control_this: I've got the certificate they gave out at the stadium the night he hit 715. I have been wanting to meet him somewhere in Atlanta and tell him details of that day so he'd sign the certificate "You were there, Mike. Henry Arron."

I thought it would happen when he played ALTA but my team never played his. Maybe someday...


Yeah I am sure he will enjoy that
 
2009-02-06 12:50:01 PM  
easy123: Bonds is still the record holder. Hank Aaron could have done greenies, we wouldnt know. And the mound was lower than it is today giving hitters an unfair advantage to modern players. judge players by what other players in their time have done.

Aaron may have done greenies implies...he hit more home runs because he may have been more awake?

The mound was lowered in 1968 due to Denny McLain and Bob Gibson. Not the other way around.
 
2009-02-06 12:54:52 PM  
The cream and the clear say Bonds will never be the record holder to me. He's admitted using them, they were steroids, and I don't believe for 1 second that he didn't know. Even if he did, ignorance is not a valid defense.
 
2009-02-06 12:55:12 PM  
easy123: Hank Aaron could have done greenies, we wouldnt know. And the mound was lower than it is today giving hitters an unfair advantage to modern players. judge players by what other players in their time have done.

Because Aaron may have done something that you have no proof of and has never been inferred ever in 30 years...that means it's ok to accept Bonds as the home run champ?

And, the first part of your statement is only outdone by the extreme stupidity of the second mound lowering statment...in that it is completely backwards. Bob Gibson's 1.12 era in 1968 is pretty much the single biggest reason the mound was lowered 5 inches before the 1969 season.
 
2009-02-06 12:55:20 PM  
Actually Hank Aaron is not the record holder, Barry Bonds is, it's true look it up. Aaron is just another old curmudgeon that can't accept the fact that today's athletes are far superior. Babe Ruth couldn't carry A-Rod or Manny's jock, and that's a fact.
 
2009-02-06 12:56:40 PM  
All this Bonds hate makes you all sound like these redneck, backwards ass racists that refuse to accept the civil war is over and the south lost.www.stickergiant.com
 
2009-02-06 01:04:36 PM  
kingzeke: All this Bonds hate makes you all sound like these redneck, backwards ass racists that refuse to accept the civil war is over and the south lost.

Great analogy. Simply outstanding. I'm sure everyone will be convinced.
 
2009-02-06 01:09:35 PM  
How is this sad? The home run record holder turned 75 and is being honored.
 
2009-02-06 01:16:41 PM  
bulldg4life: easy123: Hank Aaron could have done greenies, we wouldnt know. And the mound was lower than it is today giving hitters an unfair advantage to modern players. judge players by what other players in their time have done.

Because Aaron may have done something that you have no proof of and has never been inferred ever in 30 years...that means it's ok to accept Bonds as the home run champ?

And, the first part of your statement is only outdone by the extreme stupidity of the second mound lowering statment...in that it is completely backwards. Bob Gibson's 1.12 era in 1968 is pretty much the single biggest reason the mound was lowered 5 inches before the 1969 season.


Hell, it wasn't just Gibson. It was the whole league. THe LEAGUEWIDE NL ERA for 1968 was 2.99. The year Bonds hit 73, that would have been good for 3rd-best in all of baseball.
 
2009-02-06 01:16:45 PM  
BunkyBrewman: HERO tag!

Hammerin' Hank was my favorite player growing up. Those were the days.... being a kid, completely oblivious to the nonsense of the world around you. All that mattered was a guy like Mr. Aaron.

I actually had a signed picture from him when I was a kid. I sent a letter to the Braves c/o Hank Aaron. Didn't expect anything back, but a month or so later, it arrived in the mail. I wish I knew where that picture was, long gone unfortunately...


Trying not to sound like an ITG, but I have a signed pic of him hitting #715. Probably my most prized piece of memorabilia.

/HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HENRY!!!!!
 
2009-02-06 01:16:47 PM  
kingzeke,

Your comments have raised my ire! Your outrageous words have inadvertently turned attention upon yourself, rather than the topic at hand!

Quick, everyone pay attention to him!
 
2009-02-06 01:23:39 PM  
FritzyvonFritz: kingzeke,

Your comments have raised my ire! Your outrageous words have inadvertently turned attention upon yourself, rather than the topic at hand!

Quick, everyone pay attention to him!


You can ignore me that's fine, just want my opinions in a public forum, most of the geeks in here probably already hit the ignore button on me anyway which I expect. When they see someone who doesn't agree with them they just pretend they aren't there instead of engaging in a discussion.
 
2009-02-06 01:38:08 PM  
kingzeke: FritzyvonFritz: kingzeke,

Your comments have raised my ire! Your outrageous words have inadvertently turned attention upon yourself, rather than the topic at hand!

Quick, everyone pay attention to him!

You can ignore me that's fine, just want my opinions in a public forum, most of the geeks in here probably already hit the ignore button on me anyway which I expect. When they see someone who doesn't agree with them they just pretend they aren't there instead of engaging in a discussion.


What exactly is your opinion? That favoring one African American over another is tantamount to slavery?
 
2009-02-06 01:46:13 PM  
kingzeke: FritzyvonFritz: kingzeke,

Your comments have raised my ire! Your outrageous words have inadvertently turned attention upon yourself, rather than the topic at hand!

Quick, everyone pay attention to him!

You can ignore me that's fine, just want my opinions in a public forum, most of the geeks in here probably already hit the ignore button on me anyway which I expect. When they see someone who doesn't agree with them they just pretend they aren't there instead of engaging in a discussion.


They can't handle you man! You're just too intense. You're telling it like it is!
 
2009-02-06 01:54:01 PM  
I have no problem with Barry, or anyone, doing roids. We pay $ to see these guys go out there and hit home runs, not ground balls to the shortstop. Just because the league bureaucrats make it "illegal", it doesn't mean it's cheating. Cheating would be Superman or the Flash playing in the major leagues.

/moral highgrounders can come on down and blow me
 
2009-02-06 02:10:15 PM  
Clonod: kingzeke: FritzyvonFritz: kingzeke,

Your comments have raised my ire! Your outrageous words have inadvertently turned attention upon yourself, rather than the topic at hand!

Quick, everyone pay attention to him!

You can ignore me that's fine, just want my opinions in a public forum, most of the geeks in here probably already hit the ignore button on me anyway which I expect. When they see someone who doesn't agree with them they just pretend they aren't there instead of engaging in a discussion.

What exactly is your opinion? That favoring one African American over another is tantamount to slavery?


Ummm no it's that your outright refusal to acknowledge that Barry Bonds has hit more home runs than Hank Aaron, is akin to the Southerners refusal to admit that the South lost
 
2009-02-06 02:34:59 PM  
Sword and Shield: The cream and the clear say Bonds will never be the record holder to me. He's admitted using them, they were steroids, and I don't believe for 1 second that he didn't know. Even if he did, ignorance is not a valid defense.

He is not on trial for using steroids. He is on trial for perjury about not knowing he did steroids. in this case, ignorance is his defense, as the whole point of the prosecution is to prove he wasnt ignorant about taking steroids.

bulldg4life: easy123: Hank Aaron could have done greenies, we wouldnt know. And the mound was lower than it is today giving hitters an unfair advantage to modern players. judge players by what other players in their time have done.

Because Aaron may have done something that you have no proof of and has never been inferred ever in 30 years...that means it's ok to accept Bonds as the home run champ?

And, the first part of your statement is only outdone by the extreme stupidity of the second mound lowering statment...in that it is completely backwards. Bob Gibson's 1.12 era in 1968 is pretty much the single biggest reason the mound was lowered 5 inches before the 1969 season.


Sorry about the second statement, it was a brain fart. I left out "when Ruth played", as the 15 inches was not enforced. in fact in 1968 some mounds were over 20 in. when ruth played, the mound was lower than the 10 inches today in most cases. the first statement was to disprove not hank aaron, but the time period. just as what i meant in the second sentence was to disprove ruth. also, ruth's bat would not be legal by today's standards.

In short, you have to look at records based on the time they were played. Hank Aaron may have done greenies, may not have. What is known, however, is that players during his time did do them. Its not that he was "less tired" but more that the fatigue from a long season would not effect him as much. The fact that HR went down after MLB started drug testing could most likely be attributed to the fact that players stopped doing amphetamines, not steroids.
 
2009-02-06 03:26:25 PM  
Sir Cumference the Flatulent: One of the classiest players ever. Doing what he did, playing in the south, and having to put up with a LOT of racist assholes who didn't want a black man breaking one of the most important and long-standing records which at the time belonged to a white man (Ruth).

Always loved that the first two guys to congratulate him on the base path were white. Seems so...ironic.

canadianloon: He hit homeruns. I hit women. In a way, we are the same person.

This is why I love Fark on a Friday.
 
2009-02-06 03:37:17 PM  
kingzeke:
Ummm no it's that your outright refusal to acknowledge that Barry Bonds has hit more home runs than Hank Aaron, is akin to the Southerners refusal to admit that the South lost


First you compared hating on Bonds to being racist. Now you are saying that not acknowledging Bonds' record is like not acknowledging the outcome of the Civil War. No one here is denying that Bonds' holds the record, they just think he's the douchiest douchebag in the douchiverse. Home Run "King" is not an official title but a recognition that fans are at liberty to bestow upon whomever they wish.

Soooo, what in the hell are you saying? I hate rednecks too but I just don't see your point.
 
2009-02-06 03:40:19 PM  
Hang On Voltaire: Yeah I am sure he will enjoy that

I was there, dammit!
 
2009-02-06 04:11:28 PM  
jaxwally: kingzeke:
Ummm no it's that your outright refusal to acknowledge that Barry Bonds has hit more home runs than Hank Aaron, is akin to the Southerners refusal to admit that the South lost

First you compared hating on Bonds to being racist. Now you are saying that not acknowledging Bonds' record is like not acknowledging the outcome of the Civil War. No one here is denying that Bonds' holds the record, they just think he's the douchiest douchebag in the douchiverse. Home Run "King" is not an official title but a recognition that fans are at liberty to bestow upon whomever they wish.

Soooo, what in the hell are you saying? I hate rednecks too but I just don't see your point.


Just skimming the thread, these folks don't think Bonds holds the record. (They didn't say Home Run King, they specifically say he holds the record which is not true).

PowerSlacker:
755 is still the record.

Mentat: Hank Aaron is and always will be the true homerun champion.

Billy Crystal Meth Lab: Hank Aaron still has the record.
 
2009-02-06 04:12:30 PM  
Hang On Voltaire: JohnBigBootay:

Also from Alabama? Willie Mays. That's quite a duo.

Billy Williams, Willie McCovey, Satchel Paige, and Ozzie Smith are all also from Mobile. I believe Mobile has more members of the baseball hall of fame than any city except NY and Chicago


"Sweet-Swingin' Billy from Whistler" was from Mobile?
 
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